Tag Archives: mixed media art

I’d Rather Be…

Boating!!

At least this Sea Gull Hull is happiest near the water!

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What about you?  What would YOU rather be doing?

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers!

Making “Time” For Art

One of the things I enjoyed about the recent collage class I took from collage artist, Kara Kramer was making collages with a few set rules…  I’m not one that normally likes to follow the rules when making art so let me explain!

One of the rules, er, prompts was to use a 4×6 inch index card for the base.  Next, we were to set a 3 minute timer… I went with 5 minutes instead.

Another “restriction” was to use our own handpainted collage papers with a word or two cut from a magazine or our own handwritten words:

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And the fourth “suggestion” was to use specific shapes for each collage such as I used squares in the “Read” one above – they look kind of like books, don’t you think?  And for “Ideas” I used organic shapes.

Below for “Dancing Designs,” I used angular shapes.  I must have been dreaming when creating “Dreamer” as it took me about 15 minutes to glue strips with a glue stick!

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I enjoyed creating my own “rules” for making some of these quick collages too such as circles on a solid colored background for “Wish” and circular shapes for “Art.”

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I have to say that these were super fun to do!  I now have a whole “list” of ideas I want to try for 5 minute collages.

I’m sure I can find 5 minutes to make a little art during this busy week.  How about you?

Cheers!  🙂

P.S. Have you ever created art with a few restrictions?  What was your results?  I hope you share them with me!

A Thousand Reasons To Smile

Life can give me unexpected surprises… How about YOU?

When I discovered this quote yesterday on the Internet, it encouraged me:

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Last Saturday, I discovered these flowers from  A Walk In The Park

They were my inspiration for today’s artwork in my journal…

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I hope my art and this quote will encourage you to smile too in difficult times.

Sunny weather last weekend changed to 30’s and SNOW this weekend!  😮

I’m thankful we were able to get our yard work done yesterday before the snow accumulates…

Wishing you one thousand reasons to smile every day!

Cheers! 🙂

 

The Puzzler

Many of you may know that I LOVE puzzles!

So when Carla Sonheim recently gave the assignment on her “365 video class” to create A Puzzle Picture, I had to give it a try!

I started by creating an imaginary shape in watercolor.  After a couple of watercolor layers, I added detail with color pencil and shaded with a 2B pencil.  And my imaginary animal(s) appeared!

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Next, I cut my paper in half and added elements that fit together like a puzzle:

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From each side of my square:

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It was a fun challenge to get the elements to line up and create an interesting picture:

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I hope you give it a try!

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And allow your imagination to let go like a child’s balloon in the sky…

I hope you weekend is FUNtastic!

Cheers!  🙂

50 Fish FINale

YAY! I did it!!  🙂  I created 50 fish on Instagram before October 31st!!  WHOOT!!

Perhaps you remember the art challenge with two creative friends started on September 1st that I told you about here, Catch The Fun

I enjoyed creating a fish almost every day in a different art medium.  (Click on “Fish” in the drop down of catagories on the right of your screen to see more).  It became a real challenge to come up with a new way to create a fish each day!

Some fish, I wanted to throw back into the creative pool…

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And some I envisioned differently…

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But I decided as long as I was having fun…

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Then I was HAPPY!

My FINished fish with a little Halloween twist!

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Happy fishing!!

Cheers! 🙂

The Best Dressed Bird

With Thanksgiving just a month away… I was thinking about dinner with roast turkey, corn bread stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes with maple syrup and pecans… Need I continue?!

Today’s Best Dressed Bird is not about food!  It is about dressing up in its finest to attract a mate.  I’d say she is a “material girl bird.”  Hehe!

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Can you guess the 10 materials that went into making my bird?

I will reveal the answers in tomorrow’s post – I hope you join me.

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

Seeing Pink

Yesterday, I did a little printing on my Gelli-Plate – and maybe it was the color of the plastic table cloth…

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But I was SEEING pink!  🙂

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Maybe it was because I took a photo of these pretty pink roses in my yard before Jack Frost arrived:

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Or seeing these blushing blueberry bushes:

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I was definitely seeing PINK!

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I’d love to hear how nature inspires you in your art making – I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

Apples – Tart And Sweet

Sometimes creating art is like an apple… It can be tart and sweet!  

I started this mixed media piece I showed you in yesterday’s post – with watercolor and walnut ink on hot press watercolor paper.

I color copied a cut apple directly on my copier!  I learned this technique recently from Lendon Noe in an online class hosted by Carla Sonheim:  “Meaning Making: Inspired by Poetry.”

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After I color copied my apple, I transferred the image to my paper with matte medium.  I like how the background colors show through my apple!

Next, I drew three crabapples directly on the right side of my page with Stabilo CarbOthello which are Chalk-pastel coloring pencils.

I added the words, “Apple and Autumn” with a Pilot Parallel Pen with a 2.4 mm nib – which is a calligraphy pen that uses water soluble ink.  I discovered that the ink bled over the apple transfer when I tried to write the word, “Autumn” using the “A” from the word, Apple.

Instead of scraping the whole project, I tried first to cover up the letters with tracing paper where I had lightly drawn apples as you see below in the photo on the right:

However, I still wasn’t satisfied with it so removed the tracing paper and covered the letters with computer typed letters.  How do I blend the typed letters with my piece?

I solved the problem by gluing a piece of Gelli-printed deli paper in a light orange color over the typed letters.

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I added three autumn leaves that I color copied and transferred the same way as the half of apple.

The words describe an apple to me:  Tart and sweet, juicy, fresh, round, red and green, yellow.

I learned a lot from this art piece!  It may not be frame worthy but I learned how to persevere and FINISH it!  Sweet, I say!

Cheers! 🙂

 

Autumn’s Display

My hubby and I closed our lake place this weekend as it is getting colder.  Autumn brings cooler temperatures in the Pacific Northwest where we call home.  Soon the snow will be falling…

Autumn’s Display of wild rose hips always dazzle me in the fall.  Especially on a sunny, blue-sky day:

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It is always sad to see the lake season end as we will miss our lake friends. We will also miss the lake and this stunning view:

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Yet, I look forward to more time in my art studio in Autumn.

The crisp, cool air of October is Apple Harvest time too!

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This week my art these will be focusing on APPLES… I hope you stop by for a bite or two…

On Monday, I will share my process for creating this art piece.  (I also discovered some ways to “fix” mistakes that may be of interest to you!)

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Do you have 4 seasons where you live?  What is your favorite time of year?

Cheers! 🙂

Raining Fish

Well, it isn’t exactly raining fish but we FINALLY got some rain last night!  YAY!!

I took this photo of a dark cloud from my deck last evening with promise of more rain:

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I thought you may enjoy seeing my “fresh catch of creative fish” that I have posted on Instagram recently:

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I have been trying different art mediums – the shadows were an unexpected surprise in this one:

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And I’m enjoying mixing in some humor:

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Trying my hand at watercolor in my art journal:

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And creating a silly paper collage:

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Hope you enjoyed seeing my variety of fish that were on the menu this last week!

Cheers! 🙂